ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Minnesota for decades has been handing over precious and limited economic development dollars to individual companies as tax incentives, government-funded loans and other public-sector subsidies, and our state is not alone. All states, to varying degrees, engage in this highly dubious strategy to lure or retain businesses and please fast-talking promoters who promise glitzy projects, new construction ... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Start with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s recent visit to Minnesota and his frequent and urgent plea for Americans in all states to set a goal of regaining our top international ranking in higher education attainment by the year 2020. Add to that the post-Tucson resolve in many quarters of our state and nation to start collaborating and finding common ground to solve problems, and to build br... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT A renewed focus on improving minority attainment will lead to a stronger and more equitable economy Once upon a time, many Americans seriously believed that not everybody needed to learn how to read, or attend school, or advance very far toward a formal education. In the 19th century, this actually was our public policy with regard to girls and racial minorities of both sexes. This foolish and oppre... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT ‘Get out of our way,’ ‘Leave us alone,’ ‘Burning the boats,’ ‘Slashing the beast’-Gov. Pawlenty has always liked sounding fierce All this slashing and burning and budget-cutting talk at the Capitol evokes the vivid imagery that brand new Gov. Tim Pawlenty employed exactly seven years ago, in announcing that he was leading Minnesota on a new and swashbuckling... Read More
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